Car-free Dog Mountain

Photo credit: Greg Lief

Photo credit: Greg Lief

“The stunning views and unparalleled springtime flowers make this one of the most popular hikes in the Gorge. On a good day, you can get a bird’s eye view of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River. In the spring the top is carpeted with vibrant yellow balsam root. Although the trail is steep and sometimes crowded, this hike is unquestionably worth the effort.” Washington Trails Association

May 25 - September

The map below has logistics detail for experiences on and after May 25.

Click map image to open printable PDF.

Click map image to open printable PDF.

Hike with no hassles with parking or traffic

When you ride the Dog Mountain shuttle, your car stays behind, and you’re free to enjoy not only the hike up the mountain but also a beautiful ride through the Gorge.


Getting to Cascade Locks

Beginning on May 25, take the Columbia Gorge Express bus from Portland's Gateway Transit Center to Cascade Locks (also stops at Rooster Rock, Multnomah Falls and Hood River).


Biking or Walking from Cascade Locks to the Dog Mountain Shuttle


4 miles one-way. Walk with your bike across the Bridge of Gods for $1, cross Hwy 14 with extreme caution and enjoy a leisurely ride or stroll to the Dog Mountain Shuttle stop, where you can lock up before hopping on.


Dog Mountain Hike

6.9-mile roundtrip hike. $1.50 hiking permit reservation required in advance at on Saturdays and Sundays (unless you ride the shuttle) plus $5 parking fee. Parking lot is persistently full so we recommend the shuttle!


Dog Mountain Shuttle 2018

$2 (exact cash) roundtrip includes Dog Mountain hiking permit, kids under 12 free. March 31 – July 1, Saturday/Sunday. First departure from fairgrounds at 7:30 am, last departure from Dog Mountain at 4:30 pm; running every 30-40 minutes. 15 minute ride each way. From Cascade Locks, you can walk, bike or drive your car to Skamania Fairgrounds.


Stay the Night

Be lulled to sleep by the Columbia River, and be poised for a new adventure. Best Western Plus is a dog-friendly hotel boasting rooms with river views and an indoor pool.